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Does type 1 diabetes affect bone health?

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Dr. Praveen Tayal

Orthopaedic Surgeon

Practicing since :1994

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Posted on Mon, 8 Oct 2018 in Bones, Muscles and Joints
Question: How does type 1 diabetes effect bone health? Does neuropathy make bones weaker? Higher risk for osteoporosis? does neuropathy cause osteoporosis or does neuropathy cause a different issue with bones and would it be noticeable in X-Rays. I have never been told I have neuropathy until I had surgery on my foot. Basically the high arch surgery after I fracture my foot. During recovering somehow I broke my heel(the part that sits on top of the screw and where my Achilles tendon is attached. I asked my surgeon how and he said its because I have neuropathy in my foot and my bones are weaker(which was never mentioned prior to surgery or after surgery). My endochronologist has done multiple of test and I show no symptoms of having neuropathy. My biggest concern is if I have weaker bones, plus my mom has osteoporosis should I be doing something about it??
Answered by Dr. Praveen Tayal 7 hours later
Brief Answer:

Diabetes increases chances of fractures.

Detailed Answer:


Research suggests that women with type 1 diabetes may have an increased fracture risk, since vision problems and nerve damage associated with the disease have been linked to an increased risk of falls and related fractures.

If you have diabetes, you're at increased risk of various bone and joint disorders.

Certain factors, such as nerve damage (diabetic neuropathy), arterial disease and obesity, may contribute to these problems — but often the cause isn't clear.

People with diabetes mellitus have an increased risk of osteoporosis, a condition which causes bones to weaken.

Risk factors for osteoporosis include the duration of diabetes and how well-controlled blood glucose levels are.

Since your mother also has osteoporosis, you need to get your bone mineral density evaluated and start with proper treatment.

Hope I have answered your query.

Take care

Dr Praveen Tayal, Orthopaedic Surgeon
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